Public Lecture by Richard Stallman, 11/22/2011: Free Software in Ethics and in Practice

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland Present
Free Software in Ethics and in Practice
A Public Policy Lecture by Richard Stallman
Tuesday, November 22, 2:00 PM, Chemical (Building 91), Room 1402

 

Richard Stallman will speak about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement. The Free Software Movement campaigns for computer users' freedom to cooperate and control their own computing. The Free Software Movement developed the GNU operating system, typically used together with the kernel Linux, specifically to make these freedoms possible.

About Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates. Please click here for more information about the Free Software Movement.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Dr. Katie Shilton, Assistant Professor with the Information Policy and Access Center, at kshilton@umd.edu.